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Getting Close to the Sun

December 9, 2017

No spacecraft will ever land on the sun. The sun is a flaming ball of gas that reaches thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. But next year, a ship from Earth will fly closer to it than any man-made craft has flown…

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A Fair Internet?

December 4, 2017

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to put rules in place that would give people equal access to the Internet. The rules were designed to ensure net neutrality. Under current FCC guidelines, Internet service providers are not allowed…

Inventions

Google Searches for Its Voice

November 13, 2017

A small group of writers is huddled around a whiteboard that is covered with scrawled ideas. It’s August, but the team is grappling with what users might ask Google Assistant on Halloween. One idea stands out to Ryan Germick. “People…

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Inventions

I, Tutor

November 6, 2017

Henny Admoni is a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a big goal. “My dream is to have a robot that can act as a practice partner for kids,” she told TIME for Kids. According…

Engineering

Game Changer

October 30, 2017

In Chris Aviles’s fifth-grade Innovation Lab, at Knollwood School, in Fair Haven, New Jersey, students have three options. They can create and edit videos, work on a podcast, or play a video game. Most kids choose the game. It’s Minecraft:…

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Bodybuilding

October 23, 2017

In 2013, at 27, farmer Jake Hubbard of Chana, Illinois, lost his left hand in an accident. Recently, a group of eighth graders at nearby Rochelle Middle School came to his aid. As part of a STEM project, they helped…

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Inventions

Emoji Evolution

October 23, 2017

Do you speak emoji? If you use a smartphone, the answer is probably yes. Emoji is a visual language capable of expressing all kinds of ideas and feelings. Are you mad, sad, or happy? There are faces that convey those…

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The View

Building a Smart Kitchen

October 18, 2017

When it comes to getting help at home, people are putting technology to work. Robots have already taken over many of the tasks that most people consider a chore. A battery-powered robot can vacuum your floors. A robot can clean…

Transportation

Eyes on the Road

September 26, 2017

Austin Russell hops on a motorized cart. Then he goes whizzing through a cavernous building on the edge of San Francisco Bay, in California. As the 22-year-old rides along, he passes a mannequin, a tire, and a coworker on a…

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Virtual Learning

September 25, 2017

Imagine flying through space, diving deep under the sea, and traveling the world—without ever stepping foot outside your classroom. With virtual reality (VR), these experiences are possible. Google is one of the companies creating VR experiences for students. It…

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